Ms Michelle Shipworth

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The UCL Energy Institute delivers world-leading learning, research and policy support on the challenges of climate change and energy security. Our approach blends expertise from across UCL, to make a truly interdisciplinary contribution to the development of a globally sustainable energy system. We are part of The Bartlett: UCL's global faculty of the built environment.



Michelle studies the human dimension of home energy use: behaviours, social influences and the interaction of these with technologies and buildings. 

Michelle is an invited UK country expert on the International Energy Agency's Demand Side Management Task XXIV (Behaviour Change) and provides expert advice to the UK Department for Energy and Climate Change, Communities and Local Government, the Central Office of Information and English Heritage. This advice focuses on behaviour change and strategies for reducing home energy use. She is on the Advisory Committee of the Global Cool Foundation - an innovative climate change charity. Her report Motivating Home Energy Action: a handbook of what works - for the Australian Greenhouse Office in 2000 - strongly influenced the direction of Australia’s ‘Cool Communities’ greenhouse reduction programme and is cited by the IEA's Demand-Side Management Programme, UNEP and by a working group to the IPCC. Prior to moving into academia, Michelle worked in the Australian Government's overseas aid program, managing scholarships of students from developing countries. 

Research Summary

Michelle conceived and directed the first English survey of home energy use, developing the survey instruments in close collaboration with technical colleagues on the Carbon Reduction in Buildings research consortium. The survey instrument was also used in the OFGEM/DECC Energy Demand Reduction Pilot ("smart metering") trials of energy feedback devices. Michelle continues to analyse this rich dataset together with colleagues and students.

Research outputs

Energy Policy needs Bifocals 2016 Shipworth MD,cooper A,Jenkinson C
Beyond Calorie Counting: What can energy feedback learn from weight loss programs? 2016 Shipworth MD
Understanding the missing middlemen of domestic heating: Installers as a community of professional practice in the United Kingdom 2016 Wade F,Hitchings R,Shipworth M
How installers select and explain domestic heating controls 2016 Wade F,Shipworth M,Hitchings R
Influencing the central heating technologies installed in homes: The role of social capital in supply chain networks 2016 Wade F,Shipworth M,Hitchings R
The shape of warmth: Temperature profiles in living rooms 2015 Huebner GM,McMichael M,Shipworth D,Shipworth M,Durand-Daubin M,Summerfield AJ
His, hers or both's? The role of male and female's attitudes in explaining their home energy use behaviours 2015 Yang S,Shipworth M,Huebner G
People and energy use in the indoor and built environment 2015 Shipworth M,Ucci M
His, hers or both’s? The role of male + female attitudes in explaining home heating behaviour 2015 yang S,Shipworth MD,huebner
Time for Change? Climate Science Reconsidered. 2014 Rapley CG
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